Patti Cake$ stars newcomer Danielle McDonald as a rapper attempting to make it big in New Jersey’s hip-hop underground scene. The cast also includes Bridget Everett, Siddharth Dhananjay, Mamoudou Athie and Cathy Moriarty.
Patricia “Killa P” Dombrowski drafts rhymes behind the bar at a dingy dive, trying to pay off her coarse but beloved Nana’s medical bills and support her hard-drinking mom, whose own musical aspirations failed long ago. Patti and her rap partner/best friend Jheri share dreams of fame, fortune, and escaping Dirty Jersey for good, but they haven’t found a producer with the “fire beats” they need. Unbroken by the taunts of local goons, she unexpectedly gravitates to a reclusive goth-metal musician named Basterd, a newcomer who just might be able to help Patti achieve hip-hop superstardom.
The spectacularly talented Danielle MacDonald portrays Patricia with an intoxicating mixture of swagger, vulnerability, and inner strength, and she’s supported by exciting newcomers Sid Dhananjay and Mamoudou Athie as her mismatched crewmates. First-time feature director Geremy Jasper unleashes a film as full of infectious energy, enthusiasm, and music as its protagonist, daring us not to fall in love with a force of nature like Patti Cake$.